SuperStar (Arabic TV series)

Super Star (Arabic: سوبر ستار) was an Arabic television show based on the popular British show Pop Idol created by Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment & developed by Fremantle Media. The show unites the Arab community by democratically choosing the next singing sensation. The show is broadcast worldwide on Future TV, a Lebanese television station. It is also the first Idol franchise to feature contestants from multiple countries.

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سوبر ستار
Created bySimon Fuller
Presented by
Rania Kurdi
Ayman Kaissouni
Majdala Khattar
Wael Mansour
Gehan Al-Nasser
Elias Rahbani
Abdullah Al-Qoud
Fadia Tanb Al-Hajj
Ziad Boutros
Country of originArab world
No. of seasons5
Running timeVaries
Original networkFuture Television
Original release23 June 2003 (2003-06-23) –
24 July 2008 (2008-07-24Tdy)

The show was a huge success. Ali Jaber, the executive manager of Future TV, was quoted as saying "This (program) is the most successful for an Arab television. There isn't a television program that moved the Arab world like that."[1]

However, SuperStar was eclipsed by rival show Star Academy on LBC in the Middle East, in terms of popularity and ratings, after only its first season. It has been surpassed by Star Academy as the number one Arab show, and did not move the Arab world the way it did during the first season.

Future TV subsequently lost the Idol licence to the MBC network, which in 2011 relaunched the programme as Arab Idol on MBC 1.


Season Year Winner Country Runner-up Country Third Country
1 2003 Diana Karazon Jordan Rouwaida Attieh Syria Melhem Zein Lebanon
2 2004 Ayman Alatar Libya Ammar Hassan Palestine Hadi Aswad Syria
3 2005–
Ibrahim El Hakami Saudi Arabia Shahd Barmada Syria Ayman Lseeq Tunisia
4 2007 Marwan Ali Tunisia Saad Lamjarred Morocco Yusra Mahnoush Tunisia
5 2008 Elie Bitar Lebanon Abdel Majid Ibrahim Saudi Arabia Mourad El Souiti Palestine

SuperStar 1 (2003)Edit

The first ever Arab SuperStar was held between 23 June 2003 and 18 August 2003. The series was won by the Jordanian Diana Karazon

Participants and date of elimination:

Diana Karazon in World IdolEdit

Diana Karazon participated alongside 10 other Idol winners from other countries in the mini-event World Idol held in London. Diana placed equal in 9th place among the 11 contestants equal with the German SuperStar Alexander Klaws on 45 points. The event was won by the Norwegian Idol Kurt Nilsen.

Diana Karazon performed the first radio single from her CD Super Star El Arab - Ensani Ma Binsak.[2]

Diana Karazon received the following scores respectively:
  UK awarded 4 points
  Belgium awarded 1 point
  Australia awarded 4 points
  USA awarded 8 points
  Arab world awarded 12 points (default award)
  Poland awarded 1 point
  Netherlands awarded 1 point
  Canada awarded 5 points
  Germany awarded 6 points
  Norway awarded 2 points
  South Africa awarded 1 point

SuperStar 2 (2004)Edit

The second series was held 31 May and 23 August 2004. Three new audition cities were announced - Tunisia, Bahrain & Paris, France while Algiers was dropped. Tonia Moreeb decided to quit after receiving bad comments about her judging skills in the previous season. She was replaced with music critic/agent Fadia Tanab. An amazing 83 contestants had advanced to the semi finals of Super Star 2, 81 ended up performing before 2 contestants each week would advance to become part of the Top 14 contestants. This series also offered a Wildcard show where it was revealed by the CEO of Future TV - Ali Jaber, that the Top 14 would become a Top 17 & that the Top 5 vote getters in the Wildcards would advance.

Ayman Alatar from Janzour, Libya won the title of Super Star on 23 August 2004, beating runner up Palestinian Ammar Hassan with a weighting of 54% to 46%.[3]

It was revealed later that Ayman had missed the audition in Cairo, Egypt by one day & had one last chance to audition in Damascus, Syria.

Participants and special guestsEdit

Participants, their countries and date of elimination

Special guests:

SuperStar 3 (2005–2006)Edit

The telecast of SuperStar 3 was delayed after the assassination of Future TV founder & Lebanese Prime Minister - Rafik Hariri, as the TV station went into mourning.[4]

SuperStar 3 was the longest Idol production ever with auditions beginning in Cairo on 10 November 2004, with the program culminating on 6 February 2006.

Rania Kurdi did not want to renew her hosting position for Season 3, as a result Heba Sisi was hired for Season 3, but due to the lengthy hiatus over the Hariri murder, her contract prematurely ended before the semi finals had begun, leaving Ayman to host solo for the rest of the season.

Auditions took place in the following cities:

Participants and special guestsEdit

94 contestants advanced to the theatre round in Beirut. 6 from America, 4 from Australia, 21 from Lebanon, 8 from Egypt, 5 from Jordan, 9 from Syria, 32 from Tunisia & 5 from UAE.

Participants, their countries of origin and date of elimination:

The special guests were: Once again this season, special musical guests have been invited to the show to offer their support & critiques.

The new semi final format from Denmark & America was similarly adopted this season whereby the Top 21 (10 male & 11 female) were placed in male & female groups with 5 contestants advancing to the Top 12.

The semi finalists of Super Star 3 are:
Samar Andeel (Egypt), Aida El Rahbani (Lebanon), Nancy Nasrallah (Lebanon), Rashel El Rasi (Lebanon), Hasna Zlagh (Morocco), Shahd Barmada (Syria), Asma Ben Ahmed (Tunisia), Asma Othmani (Tunisia), Fouzia El Betri (Tunisia), Olfa El Barhoumi (Tunisia), Yusra Hamzawi (Tunisia), Mohamed El Abd (Egypt), Mohamed Jamal (Egypt), Ahmed El Faleh (Iraq), Youssef Kazar (Iraq), Ibrahim Abd El Adheem (Libya), Hatem Adar (Morocco), Haitham El Shoumali (Palestine), Ibrahim El Hakami (Saudi Arabia), Anis Ltaief (Tunisia), Ayman Lseeq (Tunisia)

As of 12 December 2005, the competition of Super Star has been delayed due to the assassination of Lebanese senator Gebran Tueni, the results show scheduled to air on Monday 12 December 2005 will be included with the results due on Monday 19 December 2005.

On 15 January 2006, the competition was once again postponed due to the passing of another key political figure, Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The performance show was recorded on Tuesday & aired on Thursday 19 January. The votes from this round will be combined with the performance show on 22 January with the elimination of 2 contestants.

On the evening of Monday 6 February 2006, Ibrahim El Hakami from Saudi Arabia became the 3rd Super Star over Shahd Barmada with a 53% to 47% weighting. Along with the title of Super Star, Ibrahim also won a Ford Focus.[5]

Finals elimination chartEdit

Stage: Semi Finals Finals
Weeks: 11/07 11/14 11/21 11/28 12/05 12/19 12/26 01/02 01/09 01/23 01/30 02/06
Place Contestant Result
1 Ibrahim El Hakami IN Btm4 Btm3 Btm2 Winner
2 Shahd Barmada IN Btm3 Btm3 Runner-up
3 Ayman Lseeq IN Btm3 Elim
4-5 Ahmed El Faleh IN Btm2 Elim
Asma Othmani Elim WC Btm2 Btm2 Elim
6 Nancy Nasrallah IN Btm4 Elim
7 Haitham El Shoumali IN Elim
8 Ibrahim Abd El Adheem Elim WC Elim
9-10 Hatem Adar IN Elim
Asma Ben Ahmed IN Btm3 Elim
11 Samar Andeel IN Elim
12 Yusra Hamzawi IN Elim
Female Male Safe Safe first Safe second Safe third Eliminated Wildcard

SuperStar 4 (2007)Edit

Season 4 of SuperStar was officially confirmed of the season 3 Grand Final.

On 10 April 2006, the following audition cities were revealed on the official Future TV website:

(São Paulo, Brazil was to be included but scrapped at the last minute[6])

Auditions took place during September 2006 and the new season premiered on Future TV in late January 2007, one week after the premier of the sixth season of American Idol. The performance show airs on Sunday night with the results show on Monday night.

Participants and special guestsEdit

Participants, their countries of origin and date of elimination

Special Guests:

Finals elimination chartEdit

Stage: Semi Finals Finals
Weeks: 02/28 03/05 03/12 03/19 03/26 04/02 04/09 04/16 04/23 04/30 05/07 05/14 05/28 06/06
Place Contestant Result
1 Marwan Ali Elim WC Btm4 Winner
2 Saad Lamjarred IN Btm3 Runner-up
3 Yusra Mahnoush IN Btm5 Btm4 Elim
4 Ahmad Hussein IN Btm4 Btm3 Btm2 Btm2 Elim
5 Rihab Saleh IN Btm4 Elim Btm3 Elim
6 Ibrahim Ashri Elim WC Btm2 Btm2 Btm2 Btm2 Elim
7-8 Nesma Kurdi IN Btm3 Btm4 Btm3 Elim
Fadi Abd El Khaliq IN Btm3 Elim
9 Youssef Bara IN Btm5 Btm2 Elim
10 Mustafa Said IN Btm4 Elim
11 Rawda Bin Abdallah Elim WC Elim
12-13 Elian Ba'ini IN Elim
Nada Omar IN Elim
  • On 26 March Rehab Saleh was originally eliminated but brought back by the judges and again eliminated on 7 May.
Female Male Safe Safe first Safe second Safe third Eliminated Wildcard

SuperStar 5 (2008)Edit

Auditions took place in the following cities:

Season 5 kicked off with the first episode on 24 February 2008. There were 3 big changes:

  • New female judge replacing Fadia who judged the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th season
  • Wael Mansour (former contestant from SuperStar 2003) & Majdala Khatar now replace Ayman Qaissouni who hosted the first 4 seasons.
  • Results are no longer given on Mondays, they are on Thursdays giving people 5 days to vote

This year's Top 20 featured 9 females and 11 males. The Top 9 females performed on 6 April and Top 11 males performed on 13 April. 10 were chosen, and 9 of the remaining 10 came back for a Last Chance show on 20 April. One of the girls chose to drop out of the competition but did not state a reason. The Top 12 was completed on 24 April.

Future Television was forced into closing on 9 May, during the 2008 Lebanon conflict. After moving its broadcasting headquarters, the station was back on the air on 13 May at 4:30 p.m (Lebanese Local Time)

Participants and special guestsEdit

Names of contestants, their countries of origin and date of elimination:

Special Guests:

Finals elimination chartEdit

Stage: Semi Finals Finals
Weeks: 04/06 04/13 04/20 05/01 05/08 05/28 06/05 06/12 06/19 06/26 07/03 07/10 07/17 07/24
Place Contestant Result
1 Elie Bitar IN Winner
2 Abdelmajeed Ibrahim IN Btm3 Btm3 Btm2 Runner-up
3 Mourad El Souiti IN Btm2 Btm3 Elim
4-5 Asma El Jabri IN Btm2 Btm3 Elim
Diana Sharaneq IN Btm2 Elim Elim
6 Dounia Loutfi IN Btm4 Btm3 Elim
7 Aidross El Aidross IN Btm3 Btm4 Btm4 Btm2 Elim
8 Housam Tershishi Elim WC Btm4 Elim
9 Omayma Taleb IN Btm4 Btm4 Btm2 Elim
10 Anoushka Moussa IN Btm2 Btm3 Elim
11 Mohammad Jaafeel IN Elim
12 Abbas Ali Elim WC Elim
  • On 3 July Diana Sharaneq was originally eliminated but brought back by the judges and again eliminated the next week.
Female Male Safe Safe first Safe second Safe third Eliminated Wildcard


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  2. ^ "'World Idol' winner announced".
  3. ^ "Palestinians lament Arab Idol outcome - World -".
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